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Staples teams with Boston on gender wage gap effort


Staples is trying to increase its appeal to women by embarking on a new initiative with the city of Boston.

The retailer has pledged to work with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to make Boston the best city in the country for working women by signingon to “100% Talent: The Boston Women’s Compact,” an effort to end the gender-based wage gap and advance women in the workforce.

“Staples values all of its female associates, and understands the important role gender equality plays in fostering an inclusive workplace,” said Regis Mulot, EVP of human resources at Staples, Inc. “By publicly showing our commitment to advancing women in the workforce, we hope to help raise awareness of the gender-based wage gap that currently exists, and lend a voice to the movement to provide fair pay for all.”

Joining the 100% Talent Compact enables Staples to work with other signatories to share best practices, trade knowledge and support one another, the company said. Sixty companies have signed the compact, which is an initiative of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council. The council is an advisory body to Walsh and is supported by the School of Management at Simmons College.

By signing, businesses agree to take steps to eliminate the gender wage gap, remove the visible and invisible barriers to women’s advancement, and ensure that 100% of the talent pool is used. Companies will report employee demographic and salary data to the Council anonymously every two years so that progress on closing the gap can be tracked

The company also recently signed on to the Corporate Challenge, an effort by Bentley University's Center for Women and Business to challenge companies to develop and retain their female talent and position women on their boards. Participating companies commit to define their gender-inclusiveness goals, develop strategies to meet those goals and track their progress.

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